TV presenter

Alternative titles for this job include Television presenter

TV presenters introduce and host programmes, interview people and report on issues and events.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

45 to 47 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become a TV presenter

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering

University

Many people get a degree before becoming a TV presenter. Relevant subjects include:

  • media production
  • drama or performing arts
  • journalism or broadcast journalism
  • media or communications studies

If you want to work as a presenter for a specialist programme, you may need a science, history or economics degree.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You could do an advanced apprenticeship in creative media as a first step towards working in the TV industry.

Entry requirements

Most people following this route have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

Presenters can move into TV from other media jobs like journalism or research.

Competition is strong, so you'll need determination, persistence and the ability to promote yourself.

Jobs aren't usually advertised, so you need to make contacts to find out who is hiring. You could start by working in another job like runner, to get experience and build up your network of contacts.

Volunteering and experience

You could get presenting experience through:

Broadcasters like the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 offer work experience placements, insight and talent days, which can help you understand the industry.

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Career tips

Some broadcasters hold competitions to find new presenters.

You'll usually need a showreel, with clips of yourself on camera, to present to broadcasters, producers or media recruitment agency.

If you have detailed knowledge of a subject like sport, gardening, food or music, you might find work as an expert contributor.

Further information

You'll find more details about working in presenting through ScreenSkills and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your daily tasks would depend on the type of show you present, but may include:

  • meeting with the production team to go through the running order
  • being briefed by researchers, or preparing your own scripts, links and interview questions
  • rehearsing
  • presenting, which may include reading from an autocue, interviewing guests and working with studio audiences
  • reacting to instructions given to you through an earpiece by the director or floor manager
  • going through several 'takes' if necessary

Working environment

You could work at a tv studio.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

With an established TV career, you could branch out into radio work, acting or writing for newspapers and magazines.

With experience, you could also choose to move into other areas within the media industry like production.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

UGC Video Desk Apprentice

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Birmingham B18 6BL

Graphic Design Apprentice

  • Wage : £168.75 Weekly
  • Location: Feering CO5 9SE

Courses In England

TV presenting for beginners (intensive)

  • Provider: CITY LIT
  • Start date: 13 April 2019
  • Location: London

TV presenting for beginners (intensive)

  • Provider: CITY LIT
  • Start date: 20 July 2019
  • Location: London

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